Old Town Social
Old Town Social

Old Town Social

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oldtownsocial.com/
  • Phone: 3122662277
  • Hours of Operation:


    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Lunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jared Van Camp
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cleveland St.
  • Public Transit: CTA Brown Line: Exit at the Sedgwick stop and head north to North Ave. Proceed west to the corner of North and Cleveland.


    CTA Red Line: Exit at the North & Clybourn stop. Upon exiting the station head east (right) and proceed 4 blocks east past Larabee until reaching Cleveland.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Neighborhood parking available. Valet available Thursday through Saturday after 6pm.
A word from Old Town Social
Unassuming, understated simplicity. What makes an eatery great - and timeless - is its ability to create an ambiance that evokes an emotional response. At Old Town Social, we aim to offer a handcrafted return to the basics; a focus on the simple, yet often overlooked, aspects of a neighborhood favorite. In today's current climate, a night to celebrate life's simple pleasures with tasty food, handcrafted cocktails, great beer and wine, and a devil-may-care attitude is indeed a rare gift. So - to those who shun "the scene", welcome. To those who lead a sporting lifestyle, we offer a hearty embrace. We humbly hope you enjoy our rakish tip-of-the-hat...
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Old Town Social reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (22)neighborhood gem (19)vibrant bar scene (18)fit for foodies (14)great for outdoor dining (14)late-night find (13)hot spot (12)great for brunch (9)romantic (7)special occasion (6)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (4)great for lunch (3)Show More
  • Great Name To Match the Ambience
    DBPatentVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Lot's of comfort foods made with excellent preparation. The room with a fireplace gives the place its name. Excellent selection of beers and wines. A fun place for a group to relax and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hadn't been there in a long
    AnnieMB
    Dined on 12/2/2013
    Hadn't been there in a long time. Must go back again soon. Great food, wine, service. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for football on Sunday
    Jamie
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Fantastic food. Friendly service. HUGE beer and cocktail list. Plenty of tv's and the NFL Sunday ticket. If you're tired of typical bar food/ extended frat house vibe and want to go someplace to watch the game where you can be comfortable and eat a decent meal, this is the place. It is not cheap, but it is worth the price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for game days
    helloVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Place is great for a bulls or bears game but that's about it. Went for brunch but it was subpar. Be aware that the "old town classic breakfast" says hash brown casserole but it's really cheesy potatoes. Still good just not same as hash browns.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Food with a Great Bar Scene
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Menu seemed to be really catered to watching games and having a few drinks with friends. The sweet potato fries and pepper cheese poppers were great. It isn't necessarily the best place for a date, but it was a great place to grab snacks before seeing a Second City show. Coffee is served in a small french press, and that was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't get the burger
    MocakesVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    So, I've been here for brunch and it was pretty good from what I remember. However when my husband and I went on night before at comedy show, we both got burgers. Why? Because it sounded good on the menu. I changed my pattie to a turkey burger to try and be healthy. So, when we got our dinner - it was bad! Both of our burgers had zero taste and to me felt like they went to Costco and bought frozen patties. Maybe I will go back, but I will chose something different.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old Town Social is the best
    mmaggio
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    I have been coming here for years, and it never gets old. There was a stretch there were I was going to Brunch at least one day a weekend for probably 15-20 weekends in a row. They have hands down my favorite brunch of all time. If you go, get the eggs Sardou, or the BLT Benedict, and do yourself a favor by getting a side of the hashbrown casserole. Make sure to ask for ketchup too...they make it in house, and it is pretty delicious. They do specials too, so make sure you check them out. In the 4 years I have been there, they have only done this once, but if you ever see the Huevos Rancheros as a special get it. Go St. Patty's day weekend and get the corn beef and cabbage too. One of the most delicious things I have ever eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I gave low ratings because
    NY2CHI
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    I gave low ratings because generally I do love Old Town Social, but the last experience was VERY unpleasant. Something must have happened in the kitchen... it was SO slow for our food to come out and we had very simple meals, mainly a couple of salads. The waitress didn't check in on us too often or let us know how long the food would take. I brought my family there because they were in town visiting and I always rave about it... hopefully better luck next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My husband had the coney burger,
    lindsayVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    My husband had the coney burger, and said it was one of his favorite burgers in the city. Mac and cheese is phenomenal too
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great mid-week hangout
    sofiadujourVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    Delicious seasonal beer, satisfying burgers and sweet potato fries! We really enjoyed the ambiance, especially on a weekday evening.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the beer selections and
    Michluvs2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    Love the beer selections and the specials like the pulled pork sandwiches on football game day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Old Town Chicago Gastropub
    Paged
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Extensive drink menu and house made meats. Hard to recommend any one thing on the menu. There is something for everyone. If you haven't tried it, put it at the top of your list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • weekend brunchers
    jsvb
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    reservation was helpful but not necessary for sunday brunch; saturday's a different story. the place can fill up quickly depending on what's going on in the city that day. good food overall tho the biscuits and gravy were lacking a little something. great environment for socializing and catching up with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding destination at any hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Old Town Social in Chicago was a tremendous find. The menu was unique and wide-ranging, enabling any family to find food for all. We went for brunch (Cornmeal-bacon waffles w/ sausages were a taste sensation; BLT Benedict w/ smoked pork belly and arugula was described as "magical"). ... there was plenty of seating and the room was relaxed and airy, while still being happy. This is a place where you want to have a second cup of coffee and chat and laugh. ... Service was excellent at all levels ... Old Town Social is also a sports bar, but the TVs can be hidden in walls and ceilings and closets so when it's not game-time the restaurant can be flexible and have the proper mood and ambiance fitting the day and hour. ...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Old Town spot with fresh food
    LSFChicGo
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    This is a great place for dinner before Second City, or a good place to hang out. Large bar area, and adjacent dining areas. Food is locally sourced and very good. We had burgers, and they offer a variety, but the flatbread and mussels looked good too, and my simple green salad had arugula and other greens and was deliciously dressed and peppered to make it special. Would return any time I'm in the area. Very enjoyable place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food, Poor service
    LouG
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Waited for about 20 minutes for someone to take our order or to bring us water, but no one stopped at our table. Wasn't crowded. Maybe the waiter or waitress was late for work. The food is decent, but not enough to offset the poor service.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed review
    WangerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Server was very knowledgable. Both burgers were over cooked and very dry ( was supposed to be medium) Great beer selection. Asked for a few extra pickles to help moisten the dry burgers. Got charged a dollar! You have to be kidding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dinning. Not sure I'd go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    The food quality and quantity were good. The wine and beer choices were endless. Overall, the place is great and attractive. However, lighting was extremely low. We literally had to use our cell phones to shine over the menu and food to read what we wanted to order and to finally see what we were eating. Of course, there were a couple of candles on the table, but worthless. The bill came as a lump sum, which was suspicious. There was not an itemized bill. We requested an itemized bill and found that a couple of drinks not requested for our table were charged to our bill. We got a refund anyway. Would I go back or recommend? maybe. We were a party of 7 and none of us was too thrilled about it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Burgers!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    We used a Gilt City coupon to get burgers, sides, and beers. All were excellent. I really enjoy the miss-matched chairs. It's a comfortable vibe. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paradise Found
    goodeatsseeker
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Wanted a place near Second City before a show and found one. Everyone in our party enjoyed the food, as well as the wine and beer. All the varieties of tacos were all delicious, as were the fish sandwich and burgers. Would love to go back when not in a rush and nibble through the small plates. I would try the flights of wine and food. Loved the experience; the atmosphere was vibrant without drowning out our conversations. Highly recommend to everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice menu, friendly and prompt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2013
    Nice menu, friendly and prompt service. Fish sandwich was yummy and the brioche bun it was served on was excellent. BBQ brisket sandwich also good. No sides come with sandwiches, so remember to add those if you're hungry!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • worst service i've had in years
    foodie19
    Dined on 6/19/2013
    I had a terrible experience here. The service was terrible. They screwed up our order and did not properly handle it when I brought it to their attention. It was one bad thing after the next. The waitress and manager did not know what real customer service should be.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow service
    Casseo
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    We arrived at 5:15 and were seated immediately. They were not busy at all. Our waitress came around. The food order took longer than we expected and I went to find our waitress to check on it, we couldn't understand what took so long since they were not busy. When it arrived it was warm and they forgot my soup. It came about 5 minutes before we left. The food at best was only fair. It might be a great drinking bar, but probably wouldn't go back to dine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lot of the food is fried
    DecentVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    A lot of the food is fried and it is not mentioned in the menu description. The burgers are very good but everything else we had was average.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good meal before Second City
    piovere
    Dined on 5/28/2013
    Came here while visiting from out of town before a second city show (it's only a few blocks from the theater). The service was a little spotty, but not too bad. Burgers were pretty good and the duck wings were excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, terrible wine list
    SharonVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    I like this place. The charcuterie is wonderful, and the donuts are a treat. The service is great. There is an extensive beer list that is fun. However, I often drink wine and the wine list is terrible; that could really be improved. And the noise level is high; I were prefer slightly less "energetic".
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Dinner
    afc1
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Took my girl here for her birthday dinner. Sat in a curtained booth, shared Mac n cheese and sweet potato fries. I had a huge burger with a fried egg on top, she had a chicken flatbread sandwich and we both loved our food. Then we had a plate of soprasetta and some Grafton cheddar cheese. Great beer list, good wine choices too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot
    TaurusFoodies
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Excellent service and extensive bar menu. Tasty food with some creative twists- though I wouldn't call it foodie-worthy. Swank, upper scale sports bar vibe but still comfortable and even "homey" in the rounded booths. We were in a party of 8 ladies, and all were pleased and lived the ambience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flawless
    LBWANKONOBI
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    I picked this place because we live in the burbs now, have never been there, looked cool online and was meeting friends in from Boston. Our experience was flawless from the minute we valeted the car until we walked out. The food was exceptional as was the service and atmosphere. Please don't change anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Little Disappointed
    FrancesVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    Nobody acknowledged my bday. The tacos were scrimpy. My friend's mac was pretty good. Love the Sweet Potato Fries w/ avocado. Always pretty bomb. The drinks are pretty good, and I love the old chub scotch ale. But the doughnuts - huge dud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good stuff!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    I really enjoyed Old Town Social. My girlfriends and I were looking for a place in Old Town and we found this. It had great atmosphere and great food. I would definitely recommend this place. It was a great night and I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance and decor for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    Great ambiance and decor for intimate sit down with small group of friends or 2 people. Bar area was very alive and vibrant (Sunday evening). Staff was very friendly and accommodating. I wasn't crazy about anything I ordered (very bland) but the menu is eclectic and everything sounds delicious. I will go back to try the other dishes for the decor and setting makes it worth it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I went with a group of 7 for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    I went with a group of 7 for brunch on a Sunday. The music was incredibly loud for that time of day! We asked twice if they would turn it down. Something went wrong with one of my friend's meals and we were all practically done eating by the time she got her food. They were very apologetic about it and asked if she wanted anything while she waited. Overall it's a fine place but I wouldn't go back with a large group for brunch. It's a good happy hour spot.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First visit and truly loved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    First visit and truly loved it. From the first step inside the door to the check arriving...everything went extremly well. Food was excellent, great flavor and awesome presentations. Will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It gets very loud. After 10
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    It gets very loud. After 10 p.m. the whole vibe changes from loungy to more of a night club feel.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Server was either incompetent
    donjoVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Server was either incompetent or uninterested, but it should not be the customer's job to figure out which. The evening was damaged either way. Add to this the intolerable noise level and it's just too much bad stuff and more than offsets the very good food.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is very expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    This place is very expensive for what it is, with a staff that seems easily overwhlemed. One of the items deliverd to the table was the wrong thing, and the server insisted it was I who had made the mistake. Very loud. TVs were blaring as well as the stereo.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly recommended for all occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/19/2013
    I had the raw kelp salad with grilled chicken, delicious! This place accommodates many crowds - a great place for a date or an evening out with a group of friends. I haven't been for a night out on the weekend yet, but there was plenty of bar space. I took a friend here for dinner on her first time out in Chicago and she loved it. The ambiance is casually classy, quiet enough for good conversation yet energetic. Prices are very reasonable. We spent $60 total (including gratuity) for a meal for 2 including craft beers (the drink selection is spectacular!).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cold food, forgotten drinks,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    Cold food, forgotten drinks, incredibly loud music at 1:00 on a Sunday....
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tonymuz
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Food was good but certain items where way over priced like the $8 egg and cheese biscuit with ham!?!? Really $8 for a biscuit???? The place is big and roomy which I like. Went there over St. Patricks Day weekend and was very loud. Too loud to have a lunch.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall